What is the sacroiliac (SI) joint, and what is its purpose?
The sacroiliac links the pelvis and lower spine. These two joints are made up of the bony structure above the tailbone, known as the sacrum, and the top part of the pelvis, known as the ilium. This joint supports the weight of the upper body when standing. It functions both as a shock absorber for the spine above and converts torque from the lower extremities into the rest of the body
What are common symptoms of SI Joint dysfunction?
- Lower back pain
- Numbness, tingling, weakness
- Pelvis/buttock pain
- Hip/groin pain
- A feeling of leg instability
- Disturbed sleep patterns due to pain
- Disturbed sitting patterns (unable to sit for long periods, sitting on one side)
- Pain when going from sitting to standing
How is the iFuse Implant System® used to treat SI Joint Dysfunction?
The iFuse Procedure is a minimally invasive surgery that stabilizes and fuses the SI joint.
What Should I Expect After SI Joint Fusion?
Recovery from a SI joint fusion generally takes 3 months, but patients usually feel better by 4-6 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions about SI Joint Dysfunction
Is SI Joint Dysfunction Common?
It is commonly reported that 15-30% of chronic lower back pain is attributed to the SI joint.